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Who are Loki and what are we all about?
We’re a four-piece covers band based in Norwich. In addition to playing at some of the city’s most well known venues, we also offer a live music entertainment service for private clients, including weddings, corporate events, parties, festivals and other functions. Our setlist is comprised mainly of rock, indie and britpop classics from the last 60 years, including hits by bands like Kasabian, Blur, The Rolling Stones and Queen, so if you’re into this sort of thing, we’re the band for you!
How long will the band play for?
We normally play either 3 sets lasting 45 minutes or 2 sets lasting 60 minutes (with intervals in between), but we’re flexible to our clients’ needs and these set times can be adapted as required. If you require a performance in excess of 135 minutes this must be agreed up front and will generally be subject to an additional fee.
How long does it take the band to set up?
Set-up and sound check takes roughly 60 minutes.
How long are the intervals?
Interval lengths depend entirely on the number and length of sets being played and the performance start/end times, but typically breaks between sets will last 15 to 30 minutes. Our sound system will be available during the intervals for recorded music to be played from an iPod, iPad or any other MP3 player. Occasionally an interval may be much longer, for example, if a you require a 60 minute set before the evening buffet, followed by a final set after your guests have finished eating.
What time will the band arrive to set up on the day?
Generally speaking we’ll arrive to begin set up and sound check sometime between 6pm and 7pm, but this really depends on what works best for you and how it fits with your plans. When making a booking we’ll agree a rough time of arrival with you up front, with a specific time being agreed closer to the date of the event. If you require an arrival time earlier than 6pm please let us know as soon as possible as this may not be possible and will be subject to an additional charge.
What time does the band start and finish playing?
A typical wedding reception performance will begin at around 8:30pm-9:00pm and end at around 11:00pm-midnight. We’ll adapt start and end times to suit your needs, but performances extending beyond midnight must be agreed up front and will be subject to an additional charge.
Does the band provide music before and between sets?
Our ‘Premium’ package includes a professional DJ, who will play recorded music before and between our live performances. For clients booking the ‘Standard’ package, our sound system will be available to use after we’ve completed the sound check and between our live sets until midnight, so you can play your own playlist from an iPod, iPad or any other MP3 player free of charge. Alternatively, we can provide a general wedding playlist, which is subject to an additional charge. If you require this service you must advise us no less than 30 days prior to the event date (please note we’re not able to build custom playlists or take song requests from guests on the night of the performance – clients looking for this service should consider booking the ‘Premium’ package).
Will the band require refreshments?
Although we don’t require meals to be provided, food is always very welcome as we’ll be on our feet from the afternoon until the early hours of the morning. We do however ask that clients provide soft drinks for the duration of the evening.
Can I watch the band play live before I make a booking?
We occasionally play public and charity shows in Norfolk, so there’s usually an opportunity for you to check us out before making a booking. Our non-charity public events are always free and can be found on our gigs page.
Does the band provide their own lighting and PA system?
We’ll provide all the sound and lighting equipment needed for the performance. Our 2000w PA system is powerful enough to cater for the vast majority of venues we perform in, but if you’d like us to perform in an exceptionally large room or to more than 250 guests, please let us know and we’ll work with you to ensure the sound system we provide is adequate for your needs. Basic lighting is also provided for the band stage area, but please note we don’t provide additional lighting for the event, such as dance floor lights.
Do we need to hire a raised stage?
A raised stage isn’t necessary and it’s not something we provide, but if you’d like to hire a raised stage for your wedding please let us know in advance so we can discuss the options with you. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure we’re able to set up and perform on a safe and even playing surface, so please check with your venue to make sure they’re able to safely accommodate a live band.
What are the bands minimum power requirements?
We’ll require 2 separate 13 amp power points for PA and lighting – it’s worth double checking this requirement with your wedding venue before making a booking. If you’re booking the ‘Premium’ package you’ll need ensure there’s one additional 13 amp power point for the DJ to use.
Does the band hold adequate public liability insurance?
We hold £10,000,000 worth of public liability insurance. On making a booking we’ll email you a copy of our insurance certificate for your records. Sometimes your wedding venue will ask to see a copy of the band’s insurance certificate and it’s absolutely fine for you to send it on to them.
Is your equipment PAT tested?
All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested in line with HSE recommendations. If you or your venue would like to see a copy of our PAT testing certificate, please let us know and we’ll be happy to share it with you.
How do I confirm a booking?
Once we’ve confirmed our availability and you’ve decided to make a booking, we ask for a non-refundable 20% deposit to be paid either by cheque or by direct bank transfer. Once we’ve received your deposit the date will be all yours and we’ll send over our booking confirmation document, a full receipt and a copy of our public liability insurance certificate.
Can you hold my date for me until I’ve decided to make a booking?
We don’t accept provisional bookings and we can’t hold dates before a full booking is made. Your date can only reserved once we’ve received your 20% deposit.
Are there any hidden changes, such as VAT?
The prices listed on our weddings page are fixed prices, so everyone pays the same standard rate – we think that’s only fair! Additional charges are applied in special circumstances, e.g. your wedding is taking place outside Norfolk, you’d like us to play later than midnight or you require a more powerful sound system, for example. Please note we don’t charge VAT.
Is a deposit is required to confirm the booking? If so, how much?
To confirm your booking and reserve your date we ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit to be paid upfront at the point of making a booking. The deposit we request will cover 20% of the total booking fee and any other extras we’ve agreed with you upfront. Please note that should you decide to cancel your booking, the 20% deposit is non-refundable.
When and how will the full balance need to be paid?
The full balance can be paid anytime between the initial booking and the night of the performance. For clients wishing to settle up on their wedding day, the full remaining balance must be paid in cash before the performance commences – please note we have a strict ‘no pay in advance, no play’ policy, which means your booking will be cancelled by us if we don’t receive full payment in advance of our performance. If you’d prefer not to settle the balance on the day of your wedding you can transfer the funds by direct deposit any time before the day.
What if I need to cancel or change the date of my booking?
In the unfortunate event you decide to cancel your booking, we’ll retain your 20% non-refundable deposit, but there won’t be any additional charges. We receive as many as 10 individual requests to perform on a particular day, so retaining your 20% deposit in the event cancellation covers us against the cost of lost opportunity, as well as covering the time we’ve spent administering your booking. If you’d like to change the date of your booking you may be able to use your 20% deposit to reserve an alternative date – please contact us ASAP if you need to cancel or change your booking.
What geographical area do you cover?
Generally speaking we only perform in Norfolk and north Suffolk, but we do occasionally travel further afield. If you’re located elsewhere in the UK and interested in booking Loki, please drop us an email at email@example.com
Does the band take requests either in advance or on the night of the performance?
Our set-list is comprised of tried and tested classics that we know will get your friends and family on the dance floor. Selecting, learning and performing songs is our trade and we spend a huge amount of our time focussing on getting this right for our clients. After making a booking we’re happy for you to send us a list of songs you like and we’ll always do our best to include a one or two of these in our set. Most couples choose to have a ‘first dance’ at their wedding reception and occasionally they’ll ask us to perform their song live. It may be possible for us to perform your ‘first dance’, but please ensure you advise us at least 6 months in advance of your wedding that you’d prefer this option. We’ll work with you to determine whether your special song is best performed live by us or whether the original recorded version is more suitable.
How many members are there in the band and what do you all do?
Loki is comprised of four members, Ben Fenwick (Lead Vocals), Will Faulkner (Bass), Antony Bailey (Guitars) and John Scarratt (Drums). Over the years we’ve all played in a number of successful covers and originals bands. We’re an out-and-out guitar band, playing rock, britpop and indie classics from the 60s to the present day, so if you’re looking for brass sections playing ska & funk, we’re probably not the band for you!
What type of venues will you play?
We’ll play in anything that’s protected from the elements, has mains electrical power running into it and has a solid & even floor for us to set up on. Please ensure you’ve checked with your venue or event manager that it’s OK to have a band before making a booking.
Can we use your sound system to amplify the speeches at our wedding?
The sound system we use takes around 45 minutes to set up and wedding speeches generally take place before we arrive, so it’s not usually possible for you to use our sound system to amplify the speeches. Our recommendation is to contact your venue to see if they provide this equipment or they can recommend a supplier. Of course, if the speeches are due to take place around 8pm (once we’ve completed our set-up) and you’re happy for them to be made from the stage area, we’d be happy for you to use our sound system.
Do I need to book a DJ too?
This is entirely up to you. Some people like to know that everything’s being taken care of entertainment-wise and prefer to book a DJ as well as a band, whereas others prefer to build their own playlists on an iPod or MP3 player, amplifying it through our sound system before and between our live sets. If you’d like some advice just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will you perform for free at my charity event?
We perform charity events every year, so if you’re interested in booking Loki to play at your charity, please drop us an email at email@example.com